It can be deeply unpleasant and often brings out the worst in its victims, who swear they are never going to put themselves through this kind of pain ever again. Certain death feels imminent. Life as you know it is over. What I’ve described here, friends, is not the Dodgers on a bad losing stretch, but rather, the effects of the dreaded hangover.
This is what the proverbial World Series Hangover looks like to us fans, and like it or not, we are living it. Thankfully, the best part of a hangover is that eventually its effects pass, and you come out feeling like a new person with a renewed lease on life.
When Game 7 of the 2017 World Series ended with a whimper, fans has spent the previous 9 innings dying a slow death. I didn’t even watch the last putout, and it remains the only Dodgers game from last season that I vow to never lay eyes on again. At the time I didn’t even want to watch the whole game, but also, couldn’t not watch.
Due to a prior family commitment, I had to drive out of province on 3 hours sleep the next morning and while trying to put up a brave front, felt like dying on the inside, but yet, time marched on. Regardless of how we processed that last devastating loss, Dodgers baseball was over and for each of us, and eventually we found other life pursuits to take up the space in our minds and hearts that the Dodgers had occupied for seven unforgettable months in 2017.
But as fans, did we really heal? As the 2018 campaign began, there was surely still some pent up anger and resentment over the way the season ended, and how heartbreakingly close we had come to witnessing something that most of us have only dreamed of seeing in our lifetimes.
Now that the Dodgers have gotten off to a less than inspiring start, it’s become quite apparent that it was almost inevitable that most of us fans would have high expectations for our team, and that anything less than perfection would be a major disappointment.
Many among us, in our adult lives, have experienced a hangover or two. Some of us, including yours truly, were once experts in the field, so I am here today to tell you that this too shall pass, as hangovers inevitably do. April will turn into May, the Dodgers will start putting it all together again, and the next thing we know it will be the Dog Days of Summer…and life will be good again.
Until then, hydrate, medicate, and get plenty of rest. We’re going to need you in tip top shape for the post-season party.